Happy Biggest Loser day all! Bacon ~ where do I start?! I think there were several ways you all have eaten bacon that I NEED to try! Thanks for the great comments on the BACON Baked Tortellini with Vegetables….I honestly think bacon makes just about everything taste better.
Did I mention I am SO PUMPED that the Biggest Loser contestants are going to New Zealand?! I LOVE watching shows where they travel to places so I can decide if I want to add their travels to my life list of places to visit. Tonight’s show should be good!
This week I am bringing back my egg and banana combo because well we bought 5 dozen eggs and it’s a quick pre workout breakfast. (2 points+)
I only had 25 minutes for my morning workout so I really pushed it on the Elliptical this morning. I started off with a 2 minute warm up then alternated doing 1 fast song with 1 hill and then 1 pedaling backwards as quickly as I could. My heart rate was up the entire time and I almost think that was harder than running on the treadmill.
Post workout snack ~ LEMON MERINGUE PIE!
* 1 LF Cinnamon Graham Cracker (2 points+)
* 1/2 cup TJ’s 0% Greek Yogurt (1 points+)
* 1 tsp TJ’s Lemon Curd (1 points+)
I really have to work at not licking the bowl whenever I eat this ~ it’s just such a good combination.
My changes included
* using Low-Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese versus full fat Mexican Cheese. This saves you 6 points+ (about 1 point+ per serving!)
* Adding the enchilada sauce to my shredded chicken versus pouring it over the corn tamale casserole because I thought that would make it soggy.
* I didn’t use the FF Sour Cream as a topper – instead I used Salsa!
You could easily use leftover or rotisserie chicken for this recipe. Since I didn’t have either on hand, I made my own shredded chicken.
SIMPLE SHREDDED CHICKEN
* 2 chicken breasts (they can be frozen)
* 1 large sauce pan filled with water and 1 tsp salt
Add chicken to the salted water and bring to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes, remove and shred.
Using my food scale, I weighed out 8.5 ounces of Trader Joe’s Corn Muffin mix since it was what I had on hand. Stir just until combined the cheese through the chilies.
Pour mixture into a prepared 2 quart casserole pan. I used 11 x 7.
Bake at 400 until set (no soggy middle parts). For me it was about 20 minutes.
I honestly believe the SECRET to really great enchiladas lies in GOOD QUALITY SAUCE! Frontera makes my FAVORITE jarred sauce out there…..all the flavors are awesome.
Decent stats (an entire jar is only 80 calories)
This was one change I made because I wanted my chicken to have flavor and I didn’t want my casserole to be soggy. INSTEAD of pouring the sauce on the corn mix, I poured it on the chicken.
Then, I layered that chicken on the casserole.
Poured a little more sauce on for good measure.
Top with CHEESE!
Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and slice into 8 servings for 7 points+ each (if using LF cheese), 8 points+ for full fat cheese.
The result is AMAZING!!! It’s sweet, spicy, smoky and dense. I think it tastes like having chicken enchiladas on top of that sweet corn cake you get on the side at Mexican Food restaurants.
My co-worker made us nutty salads which I LOVED! So FUN ~ I LOVE that we both put our brains together to create one amazing Mexican-Asian Fusion Lunch!
* Organic Mixed Greens plus shredded carrots
* 1 Tbsp chopped dry roasted walnuts (1 points+)
* 1 Tbsp TJ’s LF Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette! (1 points+)
Although my lunch was delicious, I was STILL hungry after waiting 20 minutes. I went back for a Light String Cheese and that did the trick (1 points+)
I had a gift card from Pete’s so I stopped for an Iced Dirty Latte for my train ride home (medium nonfat, decaf latte, 1 pump mocha) (3 points+)
Dinner tonight was a combination of yesterday’s lunch salad (2 points+)
and more BACON Baked Tortellini with Vegetables ~ I think it’s even better the next day (11 points+).
Dessert involved a couple of The Husband’s Red Vines which I am usually good at pretending the HUGE Costco sized jar isn’t there (3 points+)
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